Clippard Instrument Lab. Inc. (www.clippard.com) will introduce pressure-actuated electrical switches that will enable pneumatics to remotely pilot electrical devices. The actuator has a spring return piston with a low-friction U-cup seal that requires pressure as low as 5 psig to actuate an electrical switch. The company plans to make it available in both subminiature and miniature sizes with a variety of current ratings and terminal styles.
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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